Knightmare Lexicon - A Knightmare Encyclopædia

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In November 2002, Televirtual (an offshoot of Broadsword) announced plans to recreate Knightmare as a live TV event, using full VR instead of chromakey. It was envisioned that the game would be played in two 10-12 minute segments within a children's programming strand (perhaps a weekend magazine show à la What's Up Doc?), incorporating a viewer poll to influence the obstacles and affect the narrative. The company secured a £40,000 National Lottery funded grant in July 2003, enabling them to build a Virtual Reality dungeon simulator and demonstrate the revised programme to potential broadcasters. The system was play-tested by pupils from two London schools in May 2004, with Hugo Myatt attending in person to offer hints and tips. Despite initial optimism about the project, no UK channels expressed an interest and the show's relaunch was abandoned in May 2005.

Although Knightmare VR was never picked up as a TV series, the watchers were allowed a glimpse of the proposed new format when a 13 minute pilot was distributed in August 2004. It featured several new rooms and characters, and the welcome return of some familiar faces.
 [Related Image] The pilot was introduced by an Orc, codenamed Beveryafraid and voiced by Tim Child. BVA (who would later adopt the name Garstang) stated that the dungeon dimensions were now ruled by his master, Lord Fear.
 [Related Image] KMVR used 3D cloning technology to create a virtual avatar of the dungeoneer, who wasn't blindfolded. The challenger filmed for the pilot was 11-year-old Arthur Wells.
 [Related Image] Only one advisor was used (in this case, Arthur's cousin Vasha). She had a "god's eye" view of the dungeon rooms, allowing her to describe the puzzles and warn Arthur of any dangers he couldn't see from his position.
 [Related Image] All the rooms were connected by dwarf tunnels, now in their fourth incarnation and looking more like a monster's innards. Time constraints prevented these from being properly explored, so they only appeared as short clips set to music (which, combined with the avatar's mincing gait, made them unintentionally comical).
 [Related Image] The first chamber was a clue room, where an avatar of Treguard's face appeared to explain the rules. The items were "magic" and could be added to the dungeoneer's inventory without picking them up.
 [Related Image] Clue objects included a wand, a potion and a pair of gemstones.
 [Related Image] There was also a scroll (which Arthur took without reading) and a seeing stone, providing the same function as a spyglass.
 [Related Image] Mark Knight reprised his role as Lord Fear (albeit in avatar form), but Lissard had a whole new look and the voice of a different actor, Nick Collett.

This scene revealed the safe sequence for a new puzzle chamber (the first four letters of DRASSIL), today's general password (FRIDAY), and - just for fun - Lord Fear's middle name, Maurice.
 [Related Image] The password was needed in the next room when a blue ogre, voiced by Tim Child, was found guarding the exit.
 [Related Image] Slice Me Dice Me involved jumping onto the right letters and avoiding giant axes which swung between the rows. They completed the puzzle successfully.
 [Related Image] At the end of a raised causeway they encountered a gargoyle named Despair (voiced by Nick Collett), and used the spell PICKMEUP to counteract his negativity.
 [Related Image] A side effect of the spell was to thaw out his previous victim, the elf-maid Ellie (played by Louise Milford), who'd been trapped in a block of ice. She offered to help Arthur once they reached a safer place.
 [Related Image] The pilot sequence ended with Beveryafraid expressing his distrust of elves, and warning that he'd be "waiting in the dark" when Arthur's luck ran out.

Garstang the goblin and Slice Me Dice Me both reappeared in the 2013 revival of Knightmare filmed for YouTube's Geek Week.

Provided By: Canadanne, 2014-05-11 16:48:36
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Stands for Knightmare Virtual Reality, a new project being developed by Televirtual in an attempt to bring Knightmare to our screens in a new project. The creator of the original, Tim Child, is also creating KMVR. Info about it could at one time be found at Televirtual Website

Provided By: ringmasterrob, 2004-10-25 21:19:03
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